Symmetry: Weekly Photo Challenge

DSC_0258Symmetry:  This beautiful Cape Dutch building is part of the Boschendal Vineyard complex.

DSC_0321This symmetrical object was snapped in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sidney, Australia.  Man-made, I’m afraid, but appealing to the eye nonetheless.


DSCN2573This bridge is to be found shortly after Capestang on the Canal du Midi, France.  At one time the bank on the left was lined with plane trees.  And then came Chancre Color, which has destroyed thousands of trees along the Midi.


DSCN4396And this tree was captured whilst the River Saone was in flood.  Normally it would stand severa metres clear of the waters, but the spring floods are ruthless as the water surges down to meet the Rhone at Lyon and continue down to the south of France.

To catch other versions of symmetry, visit the Weekly Photo Challenge by clicking on the link.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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12 Responses to Symmetry: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. I would pack my bags in two seconds to move into that Cape. So beautiful. This chancre color you mention…is it now under control, do you know? I hate to think of entire varieties of trees being wiped out like our beautiful elms so many of which succumbed to Dutch Elm disease.


    • Sandra says:

      Sadly it’s still fairly rampant Barbara. The history is quite interesting. The fungus was brought over to Marseilles during WW2 in the timber munitions boxes. It spread slowly at first, but as the Midi became popular with hire-boaters, so the transference of the fungus propogated via boaters who grazed roots of the diseased trees with their boats rendering it water-borne, tied ropes round the diseased trees thus passing it on to healthy trees. Hundreds of thousands of trees have been lost, but a new strain of plane tree which is resistant to the disease has been cultivated and is being planted along the bare stretches. However, it will be more years than I have left to me before these waterways are restored to their former majestic colonnades of glory. Such a shame.


      • What an amazing story, Sandra, wothy of a blog post on its own! It’s a fungus that destroyed the beautiful stands of American Chestnut which were once one of the most abundant hardwood trees in the US. Such a fragile balance of nature, is it not? Well, I’m happy to hear a new strain has been developed.


  2. Kir Piccini says:

    what gorgeous shots 🙂


  3. Another stellar job, Sandra. I really like that man-made structure and that last one looks familiar (at least in the general sense.) Safe and happy travels.

    janet (and Bill)


  4. Rob Weir says:

    Great photos for the theme


  5. Great pictures, Sandra. It’s a shame about the trees. We had a disease in the U.S. that killed off elm trees. It looks scary to see that tree in the water.


  6. Ooh, I like that. Beautiful:)


  7. Amy says:

    Beautiful, Sandra! I love all of these symmetry photos. Well done!


  8. Beautiful images, Sandra. Love the Cape Dutch house. 🙂


  9. Beautiful, and I especially love the tree shot 🙂


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